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Pokemon Sword and Shield gets a new mythical monkey called Zarude

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The mystery Pokemon Sword and Shield (opens in new tab) mythical Pokemon has been revealed to be Zarude, the Dark / Grass type rogue monkey. 

A short trailer has been posted of the new mythical addition to the Galar region, along with a post detailing the abilities and nature of Zarude. Interestingly, it states that you can't find the rogue monkey Pokemon through "regular gameplay," and it doesn't stipulate how you can add it to your party yet. 

Zarude is able to grow its own vines at will from the soles of its feet, as well as from its neck and wrists. The multifunctional vines, which are described as being strong and flexible, are used to move around by attaching them to trees, grabbing berries from a distance, and healing wounds. 

The imposing monkey lives in a pack deep in the heart of dense forests and will be hostile to anyone or anything outside of its pack. From the sounds of it, you won't want to get too close to this Pokemon unless you're asking for a vine to the face. 

With a quick wit that helps it excel in battle, it'll swing around during fights using trees and branches. Its hostility makes other Pokemon fear it, and honestly I can't blame them for being a little apprehensive to get too close. After all, it also has sharp claws that it'll use to relentlessly attack its foes. 

A few weeks ago, Nintendo posted a silhouette for the new mythical Pokemon, and promised to unveil it to the world on February 27. It's no coincidence that the reveal lands on this particular day, since it's officially Pokemon Day 2020 (opens in new tab). As a celebration of the 24th anniversary of the release of Pokemon Green and Red, the day sees special events take place across Pokemon Sword and Shield and Pokemon Go. 

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